In the Ind Vs Eng decider, Team India clinched the series 2-1 and defeated England by 7 in a nail-biting game that went to the last over. Catch all that happened on 28th March in our in-depth India VS England highlights.
Ind VS Eng 3rd ODI: Team India Highlights
Team India once again lost the toss and was asked to bat first by the visitors. Skipper Kohli looked a little disappointed and claimed that he too would’ve chosen to bowl first but tosses are completely out of control. However, what was in control was Indian team’s opening duo of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. Both the players since the beginning of the innings looked comfortable as they came out of the crease multiple times with impeccable footwork and started thrashing the English bowlers. While Dhawan was the aggressor, Sharma played the crucial crutch, running between the wickets and staying rooted on the crease. The duo stitched a 103 run first-wicket partnership in the 15th over which was their 17th 100-run-partnership, the 4th most in ODIs.
But just when it looked like Rohit Sharma was opening his arm, he was trapped by Adil Rashid and was timbered out. In the next few overs, the dominoes started to fall as Moen Ali and Liam Livingstone took the wickets of skipper Kohli and KL Rahul. From 103-0 the team was reduced down to 157-4 in the span of just 10 overs. While Dhawan played a quickfire 67-off 58 knock, both KL Rahul and Virat Kohli were sent back to the dressing room for 7 runs.
When it looked like India would find it difficult to take its inning to the 40th over, wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya came to the middle and continued the attack, never letting the run-rate drop. The duo showed their intent and displayed the depth of Indian batting attack. While Pant continued where he left off in the last innings, playing some beautiful sixers and outrageous boundaries, Hardik too showed his aggression. Both Pandya and Pant completed their half-centuries in their 99-run partnership that came in just 11 overs.
Just when it looked that Indian team is back on track and can put a surmountable total of 350+ on board, England bounced back and both Pant and Pandya were sent to the dressing room in the span of 4 overs. Pant flicked off a Sam Curran delivery and was sent to the dressing room thanks to brilliant fielding effort by Jos Buttler.
Pandya too overreached and shuffled against Ben Stokes to be bowled over. While Pandya scored 64 off 44 deliveries (5 fours and 4 sixes), Pant played a 78-run inning, hitting 5 boundaries and 5 sixes, as well.
After Pant’s and Pandya’s dismissal, India ended up losing its momentum and could never really come back. Shardul Thakur played an important inning, putting additional 31 runs on the board, hitting 3 sixes; Krunal Pandya looked rusty and scored 25 runs off 34 bowls. After Thakur’s dismissal, the team ended up collapsing, losing 4 wickets in 8 runs to be sent back to the dressing room for 329 runs in the 49th over.
Ind VS Eng 3rd ODI: Team England Highlights
With 330 runs as target, England bowlers must have been appreciated by their captain for not letting team India score anything above 350 runs.
Much like the last game, the visitors again got off to a great start in the first over itself with Jason Roy hitting 3 boundaries off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. However, as they say, you can take the swing out of the bowl, but not the swing out of the bowler. The pacer bounced back in style with a gorgeous inswing delivery to bowl Jason Roy out. In the next over of Bhuvi’s spell, the experienced pacer trapped Jonny Bairstow, pinning him in front of the leg stump. It was just the 3rd over of the visitor’s inning and both the opening batsmen were already sent back at 28 runs. Ben Stokes was trying to push his luck too far as he was first dropped by Hardik Pandya and eventually his luck ran out as he hit a full-toss by Natarajan and hit it straight to Shikhar Dhawan. England was reeling at 68/3 in 11 overs.
Skipper Jos Buttler has been out of form lately which as evident as he could score 15 runs in 18 deliveries before he was sent back to the pavilion by Shardul Thakur. Liam Livingstone, seeing his team in deep trouble, stepped up and raced to 30 runs off just 22 bowls and stitched a 50-run partnership for the 5th wicket with Dawid Malan. However, once gain Shardul Thakur struck and dismissed the dangerous looking Livingstone by catching his own delivery hit by Livingstone.
As if on a destructive cue, Malan too, after completing his half century. followed Livingstone back to the dressing room in the next over of Thakur’s spell. Thanks to the two back-to-back wickets, England was in deep trouble with 168/6 on the score card. In the 30th over, Moen Ali was sent packing by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the England score card saying 200-7.
Just when Indian fans thought the end was nigh, it was the lower order batsmen Sam Curran and Adil Rashid who prolonged the inevitable by stitching a 57-run-partnership for the 8th wicket. Sam Curran kept England in the hunt as he turned the tables against Thakur to score 17 runs in the 47th over of the game. The equation was a nail-biting one: England needed 23 runs in 18 deliveries with Curran still on the crease, looking increasingly dangerous with each passing moment. That’s when experienced bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar was given the task of bowling the 48th over. Kumar ended up bowling an economical over, giving away just 4 runs and keeping England at bay.
The 49th over was the one which was responsible for increasing blood pressure of all Indian fans as there were multiple dropped catches. Hardik Pandya bowled the penultimate over and the hosts failed to take the catches of Wood and Curran. England now needed only 14 runs off the last over and Curran was on the crease, playing the role of the knight in shining armour for his team.
In a thrilling turn of events, Wood was run-out by a more than a few yards as Curran slipped while running the second-run. Natarajan, who was bowling the 50th over kept his cool and hit Curran multiple yorkers to make sure that Curran couldn’t open his arms. Eventually, England fell short just 7-runs off the target, and rubbing some more salt to the wound was the fact that Curran too couldn’t complete his century as he was 5 runs-short of 100 before everything ended.
Ind VS Eng: 3rd ODI Twitter reaction:
What a game!! What a series!! Some of the batting power and skill levels from both teams has been unbelievable!!! #INDvENG 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) March 28, 2021
The whole Tour of India has been great to watch … tremendous skills,lots of drama,bit of controversy & plenty of talking points … Bloody love cricket … #INDvsENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 28, 2021
What a game ! Unlucky Sam Curran could not pull that off after such a great knock ! Natrajan so good under pressure after such little experience!🙌🏻 congratulations team 🇮🇳 to win all 3 series ! @RishabhPant17 special knock ✊ @BhuviOfficial top spell @imShard #INDvsENG
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) March 28, 2021
Was your heart in your mouth? #INDvsENG 🇮🇳
— Ranveer Singh (@RanveerOfficial) March 28, 2021
Phew 😥 amazing game. Well done boys. What a series. A perfect end. Congratulations team India. Well fought England. #INDvsENG
— arjun rampal (@rampalarjun) March 28, 2021
That’s was surely a clash of Titans.Well fought England. Well done India 🇮🇳 on winning the one day series. #INDvsENG
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) March 28, 2021
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) March 28, 2021
— Sudhanshu Ranjan Singh (@memegineers_) March 28, 2021
— Shivani (@meme_ki_diwani) March 28, 2021